Things to do this week: May 4-10: Matt De la Pena, Twilight track meet, food festival, HOPS at Falling Sky, herbalism project
Thursday, May 4: “From Struggling Reader to Best-Selling Author” at 156 Straub Hall (UO campus), 5:30 p.m., free and open to the public
Young-adult fiction author Matt De la Pena will be speaking about creative writing and literature as part of a day-long event for the department of education studies. De la Pena, known for his Newbery Award-winning book “Last Stop on Market Street,” taught creative writing at New York University; Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Vermont College. De la Pena will be participating in three events as part of his UO visit, including a guest lecture on the current state of children’s literature in addition to a lecture on creative writing in the Knight Library browsing room. His visit will conclude with a talk on his growth from city-kid to New York Times best-selling author.
Friday, May 5: UO Track & Field Oregon Twilight at Hayward Field (1580 E 15th Ave.), 6 p.m., tickets $11 general admission, free for UO students
Round up some friends this Friday to support the UO Track & Field team as they race, jump and throw at the annual Twilight meet. Devon Allen, the 2016 Olympian and 110m NCAA & US champion, will start his 2017 season at the meet. Grab some popcorn and cheer on fellow UO athletes from the stands. The final meet schedule is posted on GoDucks.com.
If you can’t make it to the historic Hayward Field to enjoy the event in person, tune in for a live stream of the event at Pac-12.com or on the Pac-12 Now app.
Friday and Saturday, May 5-6: Food Scene Eugene at Lane Community College (4000 E 40th Ave.), 4 to 9:30 p.m., $39-120
Organized by Lane Community College, the Food Scene Eugene festival is a chance to indulge in a weekend of delicious food and beverage. LCC’s Culinary and Hospitality programs will be working with the festival team to practice their expertise in their respective areas of study: food and festival management. The event seeks to highlight the ways in which food and drink intersect with art and innovation. Enjoy local food, beer and wine and even witness the Iron Chef Eugene competition. Help support local students and celebrate culinary design in the process.
For more information, visit Food Scene Eugene’s website.
Sunday, May 7: HOPS event at Falling Sky Brewery, (happening at various Eugene locations), 11 a.m. to midnight, Must be 21+
Need to eat and drink away your midterm stress? Want to donate to a charity that specializes in helping Oregonians with disabilities? Why not both? Head down to Falling Sky Brewery this Sunday, and 25 percent of your purchase will be donated to Shangri-La, a Salem-based charity that helps people with disabilities or disadvantages. Participating locations include the Falling Sky Brewing House at 1334 Oak Alley, the Falling Sky Pour House and Delicatessen at 790 Blair Blvd. and the Falling Sky Pizzeria in the EMU. To participate in the event, patrons must display the flier posted on this event’s Facebook page either in paper or on their phone, and must be 21 or over to participate.
Sunday, May 7: Herbalism Project at Mount Pisgah Arboretum (34901 Frank Parrish Rd.), 12 to 5 p.m., free
Mountain Rose Herbs, a local plant mercantile specializing in natural remedies and organics, is bringing two established herbalists to Eugene to speak with the community about how herbs can help maximize a healthy lifestyle. Herbalist 7Song will be discussing ways to construct a practical first-aid home kit utilizing herbs such as Willow, Echinacea, Yarrow and more. A second herbalist, Richo Cech, will give a talk called “Sowing Seeds of Self-Sufficiency” in which he will discuss simple ways to cultivate fresh herbs at home. This event includes live music, food carts and other local vendors. Free organic tea will be provided for participants, but make sure to bring your own mug to support sustainability.
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